Col. Ian B. Klinkhammer

UNIT: Army Contracting Command
POSITION: Deputy Executive Director
AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2012
TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 24
AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Senior Army Staff Identification Badge, Army Aviators Badge, Army Parachutist Badge, Assault Badge
EDUCATION: MBA, Florida Institute of Technology; Master of Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College; B.S./B.A. in financial accounting, Auburn University


 

What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter?
I manage the contract planning, solicitation, execution and procurement programs for PEO Aviation and PEO Air, Space and Missile Defense; Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center; Base Support Operations; and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. I’m focused on program management execution, policy compliance, product planning, and information systems. I have taken on the toughest of jobs, balancing executive-level leadership while maintaining operational tempo to support Soldiers in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. I have oversight of more than 900 employees.

What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved?
Under my leadership, the command successfully executed more than 44,000 actions valued at $44.8 billion with no sustained protests or legal challenges. I was responsible for improving and expanding training opportunities across the enterprise and efficiently resourcing with manpower. I was able to execute several short notice requirements in support of our allies by navigating through the foreign military sales process.

What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army Acquisition Corps?
Contracting is a key enabler to ensure that we have all of the equipment—anything we use in the Army whether we drive, fly, shoot, eat or wear it—at the right place, and the right time to execute our wartime mission. Ensuring that our Soldiers have every piece of equipment need when they go down range ultimately will save lives and ensure the American people’s freedom back home. By fielding required capabilities, we ensure our Soldiers are dominant and improve lethality, survivability and operations in any combat environment.

Under Col. Klinkhammer’s command, the Army Contracting Command successfully executed more than 44,000 actions valued at $44.8 billion with no sustained protests or legal challenges.

Under Col. Klinkhammer’s command, the Army Contracting Command successfully executed more than 44,000 actions valued at $44.8 billion with no sustained protests or legal challenges.

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